The weather wasn’t the only thing that was scorching in Narrabri on Saturday, with Tom Craig blasting his maiden ton and Michael Cain snaring five wickets to propel Tatts to a 223-run win over Civeo.
After posting 8-263 the newly-crowned Twenty20 champions routed Civeo in just nine overs for 40.
RSL also eclipsed 200 on their way to an 82 run win over Crossroads in the other game.
Mick Dowdell came out firing for RSL, peppering nine fours on his way to 66 in a 91-run opening stand with Jake Brayshaw. Brayshaw (56) and Andy Irvine (48) then added 83 for the second to help them reach 5-203.
Pat Legg was the best of the Crossroads bowlers with 3-11 off two. Skipper Luke Meppem was the other wicket-taker claiming 2-33.
Meppem was then their top-scorer with 19 as they limped to 121.
Backing up his efforts with the bat, Brayshaw returned 3-23 and shared the wicket honours with Hamish Duncan (4-31) and Jason Trindall (3-22).
Craig (108) and skipper Jack Packer (58) had earlier dug Tatts out of some early trouble, taking them from 2-18 to 3-183.
“Tom batted really well,” Packer said.
“It was good to see him get that 100.”
He’s been on the cusp a couple of times but just fallen short.
Civeo’s run chase then never got going, with Tom Denyer (11) the only batsmen to reach double figures, as Cain (5-18) and Ryan O’Neill (3-21) tore through them.
“Cainy was firing them in at the start,” Packer said.
“And Ryano backed him up with line and length.”